4 Seed-Sowing Tips


Unless you live in an area that’s warm year-round, you probably just recently got your plants into the ground and direct sowed your seeds, or you’re getting ready to do that.

(Don’t do like I did one year. I sowed my corn in so late that John teased me we’d have Christmas corn. :) )

I know many of you are newbie gardeners, and some of you are still working up the courage to start your first garden. So I thought this would be the perfect time to share a few seed-sowing tips to better prepare you for a successful gardening experience.

1. Read the Seed Packet

This tip may seem a bit over simplistic, but sometimes skipping over simple instructions can be cause enough for failure.

2. Seed Planting Depth is Somewhat Proportional to Seed Size

As with any hobby or passion, you learn or pick up on things through simple observation or common sense. Something I noticed over my gardening years is that teeny tiny seeds barely need any dirt over them, while large seeds need to be planted much deeper.

For instance, the seed packet instructions for teeny tiny carrot seeds may suggest a planting depth of only 1/4 inch, but it may recommend corn seeds be planted as much as 2 inches deep.

I did a quick search online to see if I could find a nifty chart to show this. Here’s an image that shows a few seeds and their planting depth. It demonstrates how small seeds are planted almost on the surface and larger seeds much deeper.


3. Plant Extra Seeds (Some Seeds Won’t Germinate)

Plan for some seeds to not germinate. Because of this, you want to plant enough extra seeds that you end up with the recommended plant spacing. Don’t waste any precious garden space.

The seed packet will probably recommend to sow seeds 6 inches apart, as an example, and thin (remove) later to 12 inches. I prefer to just sow the seeds 12 inches apart at the-get-go BUT place the “extra” seeds together.

If you’re concerned about wasting seeds, try to keep this in mind: a single small vegetable plant you purchase at your local home and garden store probably costs more than an ENTIRE packet of seeds. This would go in the category of, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” :)

4. Keep the Seeds and Ground Moist

While not all seeds need light to germinate, all seeds do require moisture.

Gently water the ground often to keep the seeds and ground moist.

Be very careful to not wash away the tiny seeds with a hard watering. If you have a watering wand attachment with a mist setting, that would work great for watering your small seeds. It will allow you to get the ground as wet as needed, but the misting will keep the tiny seeds from washing away.

I’d LOVE to hear your answer to the following questions:

- How long have you been gardening, or are you still working up the courage?
- What was your most valuable learning experience with your first garden?

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HomeAcre Hop
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6 comments to 4 Seed-Sowing Tips

  • Rachelle

    I know this might seem expensive to some but please consider it if you plant in long rows and do a bunch of direct sowing. This is a row seeder. It comes with different disk for different size seeds. Chose your disk, add your seed to the hopper, start at the top of the row and walk down the row. The seeder does all the work. It puts ina small trench, drops in the seeds, covers the seeds and tamples the ground behind. http://www.harrisseeds.com/storefront/p-5253-seeder-precision-garden.aspx As fast as you want to walk it plants. Very much worth the money.

  • I have been gardening about 25 years. We usually keep it simple.
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial at the HomeAcre Hop!

    • Holly

      So glad you stopped by, and thanks for answering the question in the post. I love to hear from and learn about Your Gardening Friend readers and their gardening.

  • Abdi

    I have been gardening for 10 years and loving it!!! But I never feel like it is productive yet… still learning. My first year I learned how beneficial it is to have the kids help-but they need a lot of training and oversight.

    • Holly

      If by productive you mean a good yield from your plants, it’s really important to have nutrient dense soil. Actually … that’s the most important thing. (The e-book in today’s giveaway titled “The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil” is a really good resource.)

      If by productive you meant that you don’t have enough time because of the kids clinging to your legs, then you’re on your own there. ;) I’m a mother of dogs only. I have no real life experience to offer. :)

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